Listening to every heart
The struggle during the holidays is to carry it within ourselves...all of the responses above are that message. It is the greater picture, the one we sometimes cannot see for all of the trees. The reasons behind all that we are not aware of, and the why of it.
Most place so much on the commercialism, which is a shame...the media is after us to make not only others, but ourselves [me, me, me] happy, with this gift, that expenditure...nutz.
It is so easy to forget to see the biggest gift of all...
our love for each other, the reasons we can stand free in our country and can discount it as crass; we forget the silver linings and hide our sorrows in tinsel just to see light reflected...and don't get me wrong, I love to decorate for the holidays...but I'm not driving myself stupid over it anymore..."less is more" theory evolves...
making more room for family, friends, and yes, even strangers...
Ah, Lady...I am rambling...and without the eggnog. In a nutshell...we have to be the mirror. Even during our sorrow. Simplify Christmas, get it back to the basics? You'll find a deep, true sense of belief in what can be...and the tears behind the smile will be for the joy of what has been given us, for all time...
Know your gifts well, m'dear, and wrap your loved ones with your hugs and kisses...
and an orange in the stocking doesn't hurt.